The truth behind the famous meeting of four Black heroes in 'One Night in Miami'
April 25, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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A real-life meeting in 1964 between Malcolm X, Jim Brown, Sam Cooke and Cassius Clay is chronicled in the current film, "One Night in Miami," nominated for three Oscars. But in some of its details, the movie diverges from the truth.
(CNN)On February 25, 1964, four African American icons met in a Miami hotel room for a night of revelry, bonding, arguments and ice cream.
But screenwriter and playwright Kemp Powers researched the meeting for his 2013 play, "One Night in Miami," and wrote the film adaptation eight years later, basing his dialogue on the personalities of the four men and what was happening in their lives at the time.
Much of the rest of the movie, which mostly takes place in Malcolm X's hotel room, was invented.
Yes. In the movie, Clay tells a group of reporters at the hotel after the fight that he's changing his name to Cassius X, describing Cassius Clay as a "slave name. "
What happened to the friendship between Clay and Malcolm X?
Six weeks after that night in Miami, Malcolm X announced his break with the Nation of Islam.
Did his debate with Malcolm X inspire Sam Cooke to record 'A Change is Gonna Come'?
No. In the movie, Malcolm X slams Cooke for not using his music in the fight for racial justice.
The scene at the end of the movie where he sings it on Johnny Carson's show actually happened three weeks before the night in Miami.
The movie makes it seem like Brown retired from football soon after that night to focus on his budding acting career.